It’s November! Only a few short weeks until the holidays! Have you already started your shopping? Every year, I start picking up a few items here and there so my wallet doesn’t feel like it’s getting hit all at once. For this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, I’m including favourite products of ours. We’ve included tech gifts, items to help you feel pampered, stocking stuffers and items to fit various budgets. Hopefully, you’ll find some items here to suit everyone on your list!
Looking for the ideal gift for that special teen in your life? Do you have a teen who has just left home for college or university? The BlackBerry Q5 is the perfect device for keeping teens in touch with the most important people in their lives (make sure to have Mom and Dad in their top 5 contacts!). Access and work on documents, presentations, and other school and work related items right from your device. Great features like BlackBerry’s classic keyboard, BlackBerry Hub, Story Maker, Time Shift Mode, BBM (BBM Chat & BBM Video as well) make it easy to have everything you need in a device right at your fingertips. For more details, click here.
- $49 (2 year term) Starting device balance $376 OR
- $425 no term
Just in time for all those holiday parties, dinners and events! The perfect lip colour and eye make-up complete your holiday look. I use Mía Mariú botanical skin care products, mineral makeup with custom blend shades and love how they feel on my skin and enhance the features I want to stand out (like my lips and eyes). The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection between beauty and health in harmony. Mia Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out. Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides. The result is healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.
Brobo Cuddliest Nightlight –
View our review (on November 6th) of Trex the dinosaur with a heart that shines! With a little one who is afraid of the dark and sleeping by herself in her own room, this adorable, cuddly friend with a heart that shines makes bedtime a lot easier for Little One and parents! Swipe his right hand over his chest to activate his Shine Force light! There’s a bright mode for adventures, a dim mode for sleepy-time, and auto-off after 5 minutes, when you fall asleep.
Available online here for $34.99
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – The perfect gift for anyone on your list. I love being able to use the S Pen for note-taking (okay, and for doodling and sketching plans).
Highly-portable, super smart and great for keeping track of to-dos, college class itineraries and everything else to keep you organized and connected for back-to-school season, the LTE-enabled Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is now available at TELUS with Easy Tablet interest-free financing options. This hot new tablet represents the evolution of the popular Note series with advanced features that include:
- S Pen – The perfect tool for jotting down notes in class, personalizing emails, creating works of art or just doodling (after all, they say doodling makes you smarter!).
- Air View – S Pen can help you preview content without actually opening documents.
- Peel Smart Remote – Manage your TV, cable, satellite, DVD player and Blu-ray
while on-the-go, thanks to this universal remote that is compatible with any TV.
- AllShare Play – Share your favourite videos, photos and music across your connected devices while viewing content from anywhere.
Learn more about the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 from TELUS, available for $579.
Caseco Cases – Shock Express for Samsung Galaxy 4, Lynx for iPhone 5/5S, Pill chargers, Powerbox Universal & more! Need stocking stuffer ideas for your tech savvy/mobile device-obsessed loved one? Caseco has great items from device cases/protectors to chargers. Affordable, great-looking, and made with great quality! Cases range from $24.99 – $34.99 and chargers from $14.99 – $39.99. Available online here.
HP Photosmart 7520 – For the photographer or DIY party planner in your life, the HP® Photosmart (7520) Wireless All-in-One Colour Inkjet Printer with AirPrint and ePrint is THE perfect gift! If you’re like me and love printing photos of your little ones or enjoy making your own invitations, this is the perfect item!
Easily print from a mobile device with HP ePrint.
- Print, Copy, Scan and Fax
- Now with AirPrint, simply print wirelessly from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch— no software, drivers or cable needed
- Large 4.3” touchscreen with TouchSmart control panel
- Print fade-resistant photos and everyday documents with ease
- Use online photo libraries and card slots for quick-and-easy photo printing
- Four individual ink cartridges
- Energy Star qualified
- USB cable sold separately
- 1-year manufacturer’s limited warranty (details with product)
You can purchase the HP Photosmart 7520 at Staples right now for $121.91 (regularly $199.91)
Funkins – Great for stocking stuffers or even teachers’ presents, Funkins are a great alternative to disposable napkins in your child’s school lunchbox! Attractive, fun, well-made and eco-friendly, you simply cannot go wrong with Funkins! Even the celebs love Funkins! What’s not to love? Treading lighter on the earth by creating less lunch waste, and having the coolest cloth napkins that can also be used as a placemat! I won’t lie, Little One isn’t the only one in this house who loves Funkins! I’m obsessed with them too! They’re so stunning! Beautiful designs and they are really well-made.
$10 each and available online here.
Me, Myself & Us – Everyone knows that one of the best parts of the holidays is having the family in the kitchen and baking cookies and treats! Every year, we have a tradition of baking Christmas cookies. Little One wanted to remind me that it’s not just Christmas that is celebrated. She wanted to make sure we included something that her friends who celebrate Hanukkah can enjoy! Me, Myself & Us Inc has a wide variety of baking kits that include lots of great ones for the holidays!
Keurig Platinum – For the coffee lover on your list, the Keurig Platinum is the ideal gift this holiday season! Sleek in design, this premium single-cup home brewing system offers a polished exterior and a full spectrum of features for your convenience. Choose your from a variety of K-cup flavours or use your favourite blend in the My K-Cup reusable filter.
Mabel’s Labels – People who know me always comment on my love for Mabel’s Labels. In two words, I’m Mabeling Obsessed! I kid you not! I Mabel everything of Little One’s! If you see us at a potluck of community event, our containers and dishes are Mabeled with our family name. Yup. Oh, now that I’ve discovered Mabel’s Labels’ Household Labels, I’m having even more fun organizing my spices! Ahhh…simple pleasures! Check out my spice collection (all Mabeled, of course)!
The Household Labels would make a fabulous stocking-stuffer for all the organizers and labelers in your life. Got a crafter in your life? There’s a Crafter Label Pack! The Classroom Label Pack is great for teachers! Hint! Hint!
- Classroom Label Pack $12.00
- Crafter Label Pack $12.00
- Spice Labels $21.00
Available online here.
BomaSense All Natural Care – Pamper Mom with pure beauty care this holiday season. As someone who has extremely sensitive skin, I can appreciate products that are gentle on the skin and made with ingredients that are good for you. Normally, I don’t sway from products I already know and trust, but I instantly fell in love with the BomaSense products. I was surprised at how soft my hair felt after washing it with the mango shampoo!
The Mango Collection makes the perfect gift. The Mango Collection includes 1 Liquid Face & Body Wash, Mango, 1 Hair Conditioner, Mango, 1 Shampoo, Mango and 1 Hand, Face & Body Lotion, Mango. $50 for the Mango Collection, but you can buy the products individually as well.
For more information or to purchase, click here.
Lunchbox Love – I’ve been posting photos on Instagram of the bento lunches I make for Little One’s school lunches. One of the questions I receive from readers is “Where do you get those cute notes that you include in your daughter’s lunches?”
Lunchbox Love (www.sayplease.com) help parents bring love and encouragement to their kids every day in the form of a little note in their lunch boxes. Sure, Little One can’t read on her own yet, but we read the notes together and she keeps her daily note with her to remember how much her parents love her. It may seem silly to some, but it helps our little one feel secure in knowing that we’re always here to encourage and support her. There’s a line of Lunchbox Love for the Holidays (which I absolutely love), but the collection I love the most right now is the Lunchbox Love for Strength and Hope. These would make great stocking stuffers or just a thoughtful little gift for a loved one.
Lunchbox Love for Strength and Hope can be purchased online here for $2.99 a set.
Holiday Lunchbox Love Set (All Holidays) includes:
- Lunchbox Love® for Halloween Volumes 1 & 2
- Lunchbox Love® for Christmas Volumes 1 & 2
- Lunchbox Love® for Hanukkah
- Lunchbox Love® for Valentine’s Day Volumes 1 & 2
The Holiday set sells for $20.93
Epicure Appy Maker – For the foodie on your gift list, the Epicure Appy Maker is a fabulous gift idea! Create mouthwatering appetizers in a pinch! We all know the holidays = time for celebrating and for sharing delectable treats and meals with loved ones! Want to know why I love my Appy Maker? Check out my blog post here.
On sale for $20.00 here! Sale ends November 30, 2013.
Hope you were able to find some great gift ideas from our Holiday Gift Guide 2013!